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fantasy equipment: a portioning milk dispenser

Postby Jim Saborio on Sat May 28, 2011 6:56 am

I keep imagining a milk dispenser that will dose pre-set amounts of milk into steam pitchers.

1. holds 5 gallon milk bags
2. has 8 easily programmable buttons
3. interface easy to label & customize for individual cafes
4. portions to +/- 3 grams
5. manual on/off button for user controlled doses
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Re: fantasy equipment: a portioning milk dispenser

Postby James Hoffmann on Sat May 28, 2011 11:43 am

We started talking to Marco about this as they'd developed something similar for a different application. It would be pretty easy to do, and pretty easy to make yourself. The tricky bit would probably be getting it past a health inspector....

Definitely very doable with technology that is out there. Will drop the guys at Marco a line to see if they thought any more about this.
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Re: fantasy equipment: a portioning milk dispenser

Postby Matt Milletto on Sat May 28, 2011 9:59 pm

Has anyone used the Sure Shot from IntelliShot? Looks to be similar to what is discussed above.
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Re: fantasy equipment: a portioning milk dispenser

Postby Jim Saborio on Sun May 29, 2011 9:43 am

The Shure Shot uses 2.5 gallon bags, which seems a bit small and frustrating. I've not looked around, but I know our dairy delivers in 5 gallon bags. Is this a US / Canada thing?

In order to use this model I'd have to transfer milk to one of their washable containers. I don't have a dish sink big enough properly wash one of those.

I saw a coffee cream dispenser by this manufacturer in use at an Ikea cafeteria... it had these gross yellow milk goop icicles that were cleverly hidden by small shield that looked like it was designed for exactly that purpose.

The goop-cicles probably wouldn't be an issue with regular milk. Also if the machine were not in a neglected self-serve situation, it would probably get cleaned more often.

...and I'd need more buttons.
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Re: fantasy equipment: a portioning milk dispenser

Postby nick on Sun May 29, 2011 11:30 am

Um, wouldn't a standard "cow" dispenser be just as good... with a scale underneath the pitcher?
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Re: fantasy equipment: a portioning milk dispenser

Postby Jim Saborio on Sun May 29, 2011 1:12 pm

Nick, even if the health department allowed the use of raw milk, I can't imagine the nightmare of trying to keep enough dairy cows to meet our requirements in the small space we have. Have you ever been to a dairy farm? They stink.

As far as pouring onto a scale goes, yes, that would do the trick. But what if you could do away with the opening the cooler, removing the milk, removing the lid, taring the pitcher, pouring very slowly to hit a +/-3g target, pouring the extra 5g back into the gallon, putting the lid back on the milk, replacing it in the cooler part?

I realize switching bags would be a pain, but if you only had to do it every 5 gallons, that wouldn't be so bad. Also, my dairy gives a nice price break for the 5 gallon bags.

Remember back when timed grinders came out and people thought they took away from the artistry of making drinks?
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Re: fantasy equipment: a portioning milk dispenser

Postby nick on Sun May 29, 2011 2:09 pm

I wasn't making a joke. They call those 5-gal dispensers "cows."
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Re: fantasy equipment: a portioning milk dispenser

Postby Jim Saborio on Mon May 30, 2011 6:29 am

nick wrote:I wasn't making a joke. They call those 5-gal dispensers "cows."


Oh, thank god. :lol:

A scale would be ok in that situation, but Imagine if you could just push one 6oz cappuccino button and be done with it.
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